Katie Crowe

Katie Crowe poses for a picture inside her new therapy practice at 27 W. Park St. Crowe specializes in play therapy for children and also treats teens and adults.

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There’s a new option in Butte for people seeking adult, teen and child counseling services.

Katie Crowe, a native of Butte, in April opened a mental-health practice at 27 W. Park St. in Uptown Butte.

A licensed clinical professional counselor with a specialty in play therapy, Crowe graduated from Butte High School and the University of Montana with a degree in psychology and minor in human and family development. She received her master’s in counseling from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, and worked in Idaho and Wyoming in the mental-health industry before returning to Butte.

“Play therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy using specific techniques to help clients process life experiences through their senses and emotions,” Crowe said in a letter to area mental-health professionals. “Working with children has always been a passion of mine and I am excited to offer this specialization to the population in my home town.”

According to Crowe, play therapy has been an accepted practice for more than 10 years. It works best for kids three to 12 years old and involves children playing with a toy while a therapist learns about the children’s life as they play.

“Experts say children lack the ability to clearly communicate what is going on at a young age,” Crowe explains in her letter. “(But) playing is something they understand. (Play can) teach us how they see the world around them … (and) how they think about people in their lives.”

Crowe said play therapy can help children struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, ADHA and grief, among other mental-health issues.

“I am thrilled to join the mental health community with my private practice here in Butte,” said Crowe. “I am honored to be back in my home town offering a service which can positively impact the neurological development of children impacted by difficult experiences as well as teens and adults in addressing their mental health concerns.”

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